During my research trip, we made a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. Excellent museum! New Bedford is a pretty town, too. Cobblestone roads, lovely old buildings. Rich with history. For a while, Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world (hence . . . the financial capital of the world), but for a variety of reasons, it shifted to New Bedford in the middle of the 19th century.
The Quakers had a strong influence on the whaling industry.
This is a “busk,” a stay for a corset, made of scrimshaw (whale bone).
Quaker clothing. Note the silk dress—they didn’t want to use cotton because of the slave trade.
A Bible in the Captain’s quarters (left). This huge map showed where the whales were found around the world (right).
I’ve been to three whaling museums in the United States now—there’s one more left, in Maui, that I hope to go to . . . for obvious reasons. 🙂
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